Imagine my glee in finding a classic Star Wars Marvel comic from 1979 made by two giants—Archie Goodwin and Carmine Infantino! Follow me to Gaming Rebellion as I ask the question “Whatever Happened to Jabba the Hutt?”
Hello, Internet! To any of you who may have followed my column over at Ideal Comics, it is no surprise that I have a lot of comics. A lot. Now, I wouldn't say I have an excessive amount or anything, but I do own several file cabinets whose only purpose is to hold comics--five of them, in fact.
Time was that I had all my books bagged and boarded and sorted by title and publication date; and all the good stuff Gen-X-nerds were supposed to do. In my mid-20's I got just a little bit prosperous, and signed up for a comic subscription service, then I got busy and then I got poor again; and before you could say "limited edition, foil-embossed cover" I had a problem.
In Case You Missed It, back in December, I mentioned that I was moving “Quarterbin Follies” off site. I was offered a spot over at Gaming Rebellion, and it seemed like a great venue to rant about the hits and misses of the stacks of comics in my file cabinets.
Now, I am not going any where. You will still find me puttering about the Ideal Comics offices, muttering about continuity and symbolism; it is only that the GR guys offered me a hell of a soapbox. (Though I ought to climb on top more often.) Nevertheless, I didn't want to leave behind any folks that might watch this space; so without further ado, a live teaser for “Quarterbin Follies #32: It takes a Miracle”
Today's story begins at the end. The very end.Ragnorok.
Jack Kirby, when working with Stan the Man on The Mighty Thor, well, Kirby decided to go out with a bang. In a series of back-ups called “Tales of Asgard” Kirby laid out the end of Asgard and the House of Ideas' Aesir, as he adapted Ragnarok for the 616. This was “prophecy,” a fore-telling from the mind of the King, rather then the direction Marvel editorial would have one of their stars go.
- The beginning is always a great place to start, and “Aptitude” is our beginning; but it doesn't really get to the heart of who Chad is.
- I'd say that really starts with “Five Stages,” where Chad has to face his predicament straight on.
- In “Gym Class: Hijinks and Hi-Jacks” we see Chad and his hero school comrades in a class, and see them starting to gel.
- In the short “24/7 Mart—Trading Punches” Chad and Greg share some quality time, and Chad meets Jagged Princess for the first time. And what a time it is!
- “Blunt Instruments, or The Curious Tale of Chaddington Little” continues the theme, and shows how, not only is Chad accepted by his new friends, but starts to value them. Just a little.
- Our next stop in “Day in the Life pt 2: Chad Gets a Girl.” In Part 1, the villain students find themselves spending a week displaced and at hero school. In this chapter, Chad and Jagged Princess end up seeing each other in a new light.
- Jagged Princess is the main focus of “Happy Birthday, All Your Friends Are Here,” but she gets a vital assist from the ever-more heroic Chad.
- Chad's new resolve is challenged in “The Hero's Path.”
- And we round out out little tour with “Parent's Day.” It is the eponymous event at the Jack Cole Institute of Super Heroics, and Chad is accompanied by his Parents. But while Chad is snatched away by Jagged Princess, his mother and an old friend stop a rampaging robot; which leaves Chad with a whole series of questions!